LOL, how would you know if I am materialistic or not? That's funny.
Just in case, I didn't notice I was replying to you. I thought I was replying to forever. Had not seen you for a while and did not expect your comment, especially since both your avatars are somewhat similar.
Does a child notice if his house is being foreclosed on and he has to move in with grandma and grandpa? Does a child notice if she has to eat foodbank foods instead of foods that were intentionally purchased because the family likes them? Does the child notice if he has to wear high-water pants that he's outgrown because there's no spare cash to replace them? Does a child notice mommy and daddy fighting over money? Does a child notice the stress, the yelling, the crying in the house? Does a child notice the car being repossessed? Does the child notice the water being cut off?
Notice? Yes. Suffer? Maybe a little, but you talk as if every person who lost their jobs and or homes are somehow on the streets right now. Did you know that reports of children being homeless include children wwho live their their aunt/uncles and grandparents? I seriously doubt that all of the millions of people who lost their jobs in the recent year are homeless, out in the streets, with children, no food, no nothing. A few, maybe but lets not get carried away here.
Children won't die being subjected to loss, poverty, and financial ruin but does it hurt them? YES. YES it does. Children are capable of feeling cold when there's no power and hungry when there's no food. They are capable of feeling scared when the atmosphere in the house is tense and angry. They are also capable of feeling humiliated.
It does hurt, but again, children are resilient. This economy is bad, but you people talk as if 50% plus of the population has gone to ruins and are now living in the streets. I don't know about you but I have not seen a rise in peopel standing in corners asking for money, I have not seen stories showing how homeless shelters have run out of space, I have not seen stories of the millions of children sleeping in cardboard boxes due to the economic issues we have today. If they are then shame on the Media for ignoring it, shame on us for allowing is and shame on the Govt for creating it.
I have witness first hand what it's like to not have food, not to have electricity and running water. Being close to ending up in the streets. I know what it's like to have to wear the same close year after year. I did it as a child, I have done it as an adult. I have seen how other families suffer the same problems, but in the end the children still smilled, they still acted like children, they seemed oblivious to the lifestyles they lived. I did as a child, so do my kids. Why? Because one learned to accept things the way they are and anything better becomes a gift. Children should never have to suffer, but then what is suffering to you? A child who doesn't get a Wii for Christmas? A child he wears the same shoes the following school year? A child who eats ramen everyday for dinner? Suffering is such a subjective word. Children in Africa suffer, the poorest people in this country live like kings compared to them.
We see things very differently Tex, one thing we have in common, we both want the best for all children. The great thing about this country is that we all have a chance to get things done our way. We may disagree on the methods, but the end results we seek are the same.
And Charles, I don't actually dislike you as a person. Surprise, surprise, huh.
Past comments pointing to the opposite, but if I am wrong then I apologize for assuming.